The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 18, 2001 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 1, NO. 346

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Video reveals extensive damage to giant Afghan Buddhas
CNN, March 18. New video has documented the destruction of the age-old Buddhas at Bamiyan, demolished by Afghanistan's ruling Taleban. CNN obtained the exclusive images from an anonymous eyewitness. They show that the legs have been blown off the massive sandstone Buddhas, which were carved from a cliff overlooking the Afghan desert in the third and fifth centuries A.D. Extensive damage has been done to the head and torso of the figures as well. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 15:09:16 EST 2001

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Lanka police bust plot to kill top politician
Times of India (Breaking News), march 18. Police said Monday they broke up a plot by Tamil Tiger rebels to assassinate a top moderate Tamil politician who also heads the country's biggest labour union.Joseph Selvaratnam, 24, was assigned by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist guerrilla group, to assassinate Arunmugam Thondaman, who is also a government minister in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's administration, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Nimal Mediweka. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 23:35:45 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Plot to assassinate Thondaman unearthed  - The Hindu

Canada closes door to terrorist fund raising
The Island, Sunday March 18, 2001 15:53 PST. OTTAWA - Solicitor General Lawrence MacAulay and Minister of National Revenue Martin Cauchon said last week that proposed legislation introduced in the House of Commons will close one path of terrorist fund-raising and help preserve the integrity of Canada's charities registration system by preventing groups with terrorist affiliations from obtaining registered charity status. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 18:58:03 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks to rebuild Bamiyan Buddhas from rubble
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, March 18. SRI LANKA is seeking to buy the rubble and any remains of the Bamiyan Buddha statues destroyed by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers in a bid to rebuild them, an official here said todya. Sri Lanka, the seat of Theravada Buddhism, had earlier offered to finance an international operation to save the two statues which date back more than 1,500 years. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 14:15:16 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka bids to rebuild Bamiyan Buddha statues from rubble  - 123India.com

Thilan Wijesinghe faces probe
Sunday Times , march 18. Board of Investment Chairman Thilan Wijesinghe will appear before the Bribery and Corruption Commission, The Sunday Times learns. Mr. Wijesinghe has been summoned before the commission following a complaint made against him. He was due to appear last week, but sought a postponement. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 21:06:55 EST 2001 Back to the top

'Actual budget deficits 25%-30% higher than projected figures'
The Island , Sunday 18th, 2001 16:14 PST . The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) welcomes the vision 2001 statement in the budget, a press release said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 19:18:41 EST 2001 Back to the top

Tamil Tigers shift out of London after British ban: report
123India.com, Mar 18 2001 09:30 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have shifted their "international secretariat" out of London after being banned under new anti-terrorism laws in Britain, a press report here said Sunday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) moved the office, which organised international propaganda and fund raising, to Sri Lanka's embattled northern Wanni region, the Sunday Leader said. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 23:19:41 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Tigers shift London lair to Lanka  - India Abroad

Norway peace envoy set for talks with Tamil Tiger supremo
123India.com, Mar 18 2001 11:00 IST. Norway's peace envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, is set for a crucial meeting with the island's Tamil rebel supremo to clear the way for possible talks to end ethnic bloodshed, a state-run paper said Sunday. Solheim was expected in Sri Lanka "in the next few days" to hold talks with the elusive leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Sunday Observer said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 02:43:06 EST 2001 Back to the top

'Lanka willing to go beyond draft constitution'
Times of India (Breaking News), march 17. Sri Lanka is willing to discuss any issue that the LTTE may raise in future direct talks and will not be bound by the draft constitution that it unsuccessfully presented to parliament last August, constitutional affairs minister G L Peiris has said. "The government is ready to reconsider its offer made in the draft constitution, if such a demand is made by the LTTE when negotiations begin," Peiris told the foreign correspondents association here Friday night. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:51:15 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks to Pakistan after burning fingers with India
123India, march 18. Sri Lanka is turning to Pakistan to boost exports after burning its fingers on a trade pact with India. The misleadingly-titled Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and Sri Lanka marks its full year of implementation this month with many Sri Lankan businesses bitter they had been taken for a ride.The deal with New Delhi was to dismantle barriers, but instead it saw new obstacles in place. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 14:23:15 EST 2001 Back to the top

Vengaboys throw tantrums in Lanka
India Abroad, sunday march 18,2001 15:43 PST. THE Vengaboys, heartthrobs of thousands of Sri Lankan pop music fans, threw a tantrum as they landed here, refusing to stay at the Indian-managed Taj Samudra and demanding luxury suites at the pricey Colombo Hilton. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 18:48:43 EST 2001 Back to the top

Madhu statue taken from North to South
Sunday Observer, 18 March 2001. The laymen, and priests of the Archdiocese of Colombo will for the first time receive the hallowed and venerated historical statue of Our Lady of Marudha Madhu, the Queen of Peace , the pride of the North and East,on Monday, March 19 at the Negombo- Kochchikade Bridge from the diocese of Chilaw in the Puttalam district. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 03:59:11 EST 2001 Back to the top

DMK youth wing to protest firing
ChennaiOnline, march 18. The DMK youth wing volunteers will stage a demonstration in front of the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission here on March 20 to protest against “the continuing unprovoked and wanton attacks” on Indian fishermen by the Lankan navy. More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 14:31:28 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lankan press rips home team for Test loss
Times of India (Breaking News), Sunday . Sri Lankan newspapers on Sunday ripped the national cricket lineup for its defeat to England in the first ever test series between the two nations."Shock and shame," reported the Sunday Times, an independent English language newspaper. "Sri Lanka crash to disgraceful defeat." More...
Published: Sun Mar 18 14:13:28 EST 2001 Back to the top
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England seal series in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia

Tamil party for Britain to lift ban on LTTE
TOI, march 17. Sri Lanka's leading Tamil moderate political party has asked Britain to lift the ban on the LTTE, which was put on a list of proscribed terrorist organisations in Britain last month, as soon as direct negotiations between the government and the rebels commence. "It will be opportune for the United Kingdom government to take steps to de-proscribe the LTTE on the commencement of negotiations between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government," a delegation from the Tamil United Liberation Front told British high commissioner in Colombo Linda Duffield on Thursday. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 15:27:36 EST 2001 Back to the top

Terrorism will not be stopped by charity restrictions: critics
NAtional Post, March 16. Newly introduced legislation to combat terrorist fundraising was greeted with skepticism that the measures actually would stem the flow of illicit dollars to groups involved in political violence."It's ridiculous to imply that people who are sending money abroad to support terrorism are doing so in order to get a tax credit," said Gordon Floyd of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. "But that's what this legislation is all about." More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 18:18:25 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Praise for peace envoy Solheim
Norway Post , march 16. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has praise for the work Norway's special envoy, Erik Solheim, has done in order to bring the LTTE guerillas and the Sri Lankan government back to the negotiating table. Solheim and our other Norwegian friends are doing a tremendous job in their effort to prepare the ground for a solution for peace that the whole people of Sri Lanka is wishing for, Kumaratunga said to Dagbladet. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:55:36 EST 2001 Back to the top

Taming the Tamil Tigers
HT, march 17. After years of bloodshed, the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka seems to be nearing a turning point. In recent weeks, the Tamil Tigers have not only agreed to extend the ceasefire announced earlier, they have also indicated their willingness to talk with the Sri Lankan government without insisting on an independent Tamil homeland. With that roadblock out of the way, it should not be difficult to end the war which has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the past 18 years. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:53:35 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM visits Khyber Pass
National News, march 17. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickeremawayake visited historic Khyber Pass during his one-day tour of provincial capital on Friday. He was received by Provincial Minister Obaidullah Jan, IG Police Saeed Khan, commissioner Peshawar and deputy commissioner Peshawar at the Peshawar airport. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 14:57:31 EST 2001 Back to the top

ADB invests $360,000 in Lankan housing institution
Times of India (Breaking News), 17 March 2001. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Saturday said it had approved a $360,000 equity investment in a Sri Lankan institution which helps low and middle-income borrowers buy homes. The investment in the NDB Housing Bank, a market-based financial institution, would serve as a model for similar projects in the region. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 17:41:45 EST 2001 Back to the top

British ban on LTTE strengthens Sinhalese extremists in Sri Lanka - An Analysis
WSWS- K.Ratnayake, march 15. The Peoples Alliance (PA) government in Sri Lanka has hailed the British decision on February 28 to put the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on its list of terrorist organisations as a “diplomatic triumph”. For months, President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her ministers have been waging a campaign for the proscription of the LTTE, which has been waging a war for the last 18 years for a separate Tamil state in the north and east of the island. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 15:18:20 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka parliament seeks acting head of state
TOI, march 15. Sri Lanka's parliament was on Thursday asked to appoint an acting head of state after both the president and the prime minister left the country without naming replacements.The main opposition United National party (UNP) proposed its party member and the estranged brother of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike, take over as the acting head of state. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 15:10:31 EST 2001 Back to the top

LTTE violating its own ceasefire
ExpressIndia.com, Saturday,March17,2001. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has accused LTTE of more violations of its own ceasefire, claiming that the rebels have directed mortar and artillery fire in the northern Jaffna peninsula army positions, injuring a soldier. "Ltte yesterday fired 81 MM mortars at Nagarkovil, where one soldier was injured, and artillery towards the forward defence line at Eluthumadduval, where there were no casualties," defence ministry said. More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 08:53:19 EST 2001 Back to the top
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'LTTE step up mortar bomb attacks amid truce'  - Times of India

Tamil party for Britain to lift ban on LTTE
Times of India (Breaking News), March 17. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's leading Tamil moderate political party has asked Britain to lift the ban on the LTTE, which was put on a list of proscribed terrorist organisations in Britain last month, as soon as direct negotiations between the government and the rebels commence. "It will be opportune for the United Kingdom government to take steps to de-proscribe the LTTE on the commencement of negotiations between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government," a delegation from the Tamil United Liberation Front told British high commissioner in Colombo Linda Duffield on Thursday. TULF is the oldest Tamil party campaigning for the rights of Tamils in the island and has been a victim of the LTTE's assassination spree over the years. (PTI) More...
Published: Sat Mar 17 08:56:21 EST 2001 Back to the top

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